Cairnmillar research programs provide training in research methods and the opportunity for students to make a contribution to knowledge in the areas of psychology, counselling and psychotherapy. Browse our range of degrees that incorporate research training, a thesis and the opportunity to publish research findings.
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is a doctorate degree by research. The thesis makes a distinct contribution to knowledge. Its contribution to knowledge rests on originality of approach and/or interpretation of the findings and, in some cases, the discovery of new facts. The thesis is a careful, rigorous and sustained piece of work that is internationally recognised.
The Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) is an APAC accredited 5th to 7th year program that involves intensive high-level research training in the professional skills of clinical psychology. Clinical psychology focusses on the assessment and treatment of complex clinical disorders across the life span. In addition to a major thesis, students develop advanced knowledge, skills and experience in psychopathology, assessment and therapeutic interventions.
The Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) is an APAC accredited 5th and 6th year program that prepares students for professional practice focussed on the assessment and treatment of complex clinical disorders across the life span. In addition to undertaking advanced coursework and supervised work placements, students undertake a qualitative or quantitative research thesis into aspects of psychological interventions, such as the therapeutic process, client and therapist experiences, change processes, various presenting issues and studies of treatment outcomes.
The Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) is an APAC accredited fourth year psychology program. The course also includes comprehensive coverage of psychological research, and students are required to complete an individual research thesis. The coursework component includes theoretical and professional-focused training where students learn about the theoretical and empirical bases for psychological measurement and assessment, evidence-based approaches to psychological intervention, developmental psychopathology, professional practice issues and ethics.